Mega Bon Voyage Party Time!

imagesCACK7SKOHello everyone! The 11th of this month has come all too quickly for me. I’m feeling nostalgic, as it’s my last blog with the Romance Bandits today. 

At the moment, I’m on a hiatus from writing historical romance, returning to the pen name Christine Wells with a mainstream novel called SEAGROVE. It’s about a present day Australian lawyer who must travel to an English stately home to solve an 18th century mystery (out in early 2016). 

I’m often to be found on Facebook and on twitter (@chrstnabrooke and @WellsBooks) so don’t be a stranger! 

DSC01023Well, it’s the end of an era! 

As Cassondra and others have expressed so well, we are grateful beyond measure to all of you for forming this community–and for climbing right on board the crazy train with us to the shared fantasy of the lair.

So, I thought it would be nice to express our appreciation for you, our readers, with a reprise of the fun day of giveaways we had with the St. Martin’s Press authors a while back. A warm welcome and thank you to all the authors (including my fellow Banditas) who are participating today.

See the bottom of the post for details on how to win!


 

AngelInArmani_300_600hAUTHOR NAME: Melanie Scott

TITLE: Angel in Armani
ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.

PRIZE: Copy of Angel in Armani

FORMAT OF PRIZE: Print or ebook

AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: For the ebook, you need to be an amazon.com customer

AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.melanie-scott.net


 

 

AUTHOR NAME: Anna Sugdenhome-cover2

TITLE: A Perfect Catch

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

Ike drawled, “I get banged up enough on the ice – I don’t need a ballbuster in my bed.”

PRIZE: A Perfect Catch (signed)
FORMAT OF PRIZE (Print, Audio, Ebook): Print
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: International
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.annasugden.com

 


 

Why-Earls-Fall-In-Love-by-Manda-Collins300x490AUTHOR NAME: Manda Collins

TITLE: Why Earls Fall in Love

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

“Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

FORMAT OF PRIZE: Print
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: Worldwide
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.mandacollins.com


 

Irresistible-Force-by-DD-Ayers300x492AUTHOR: D. D. Ayres
TITLE: Irresistible Force
ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

“Shit!  Give me that!”  He jerked the phone from her hand.

Shay stumbled back out of his reach but lifted her chin in triumph.  “Too late!  I’ve already called 911 once.  You’d better leave.  The police will be here any minute.”

PRIZE: One copy Irresistible Force
FORMAT OF PRIZE : Audio book
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: USA and Canada
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.ddayres.com


 

RomanceAUTHOR: Maggie McGinnis

TITLE: A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

“Allergic to Chanel? Impossible!”

PRIZE: One copy of A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise
FORMAT OF PRIZE: Ebook
AREA RESTRICTIONS: None
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.maggiemcginnis.com


 

The Patrician's Fortune front cover (3)AUTHOR: Joan Kayse

TITLE: The Patrician’s Fortune

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

“I never imagined that my first duty as a spouse would be to pry another man’s hands off my wife.”

PRIZE: Copy of The Patrician’s Fortune
FORMAT OF PRIZE: Kindle or Nook
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: None
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/JoanKayseAuthor


 

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AUTHOR:  Donna MacMeans

TITLE:  The Whisky Laird’s Bed

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

Alcoholic fumes and the painful memories they evoked nearly unnerved Claire Starke as she entered the masculine domain of the Bull and Beast.

PRIZE:  A copy of the Whisky Laird’s Bed
FORMAT OF PRIZE (Print, Audio, Ebook):  Ebook
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE:  No restrictions
AUTHOR WEBSITE:  DonnaMacMeans.com


 

Sentinel_Final_AUTHOR: Nancy NorthcottTITLE: SentinelONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK

“Rick, if she’s helping to hide the most wanted fugitive in the mage world, a man who killed eight mages, does being blind let her off the hook?”

PRIZE:  A signed copy of Sentinel FORMAT OF PRIZE (Print, Audio, Ebook): Print
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: None
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.nancynorthcott.com


AUTHOR NAME:  Alexandra Hawkins

TITLE: A Duke But No Gentleman (Masters of Seduction series)

ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK:

“Our first fight?” he teased.  “And here I have yet to have a taste of you.”

“A taste?” she said blankly, before the healthy pi9781250064721nk in her cheeks deepened into a scarlet hue.  “I forbid you to kiss me!”

The charming rogue chuckled.  “How can I resist such a dare?”

PRIZE:  All Night With a Rogue (Lords of Vice series: bk 1)

FORMAT OF PRIZE (Print, Audio, Ebook):  Print or e-book

AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE:  U.S. & Canada (print only)

AUTHOR WEBSITE:  http://www.alexandrahawkins.com


SEAGROVE cover comingAUTHOR NAME: Christine Wells (Christina Brooke)
TITLE: SEAGROVE
ONE LINE FROM YOUR BOOK

Liz followed him upstairs. “Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.” At best, she’d expected Mr. Darcy or that bloke in the Wedgwood ads.

PRIZE: THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE

FORMAT OF PRIZE (Print, Audio, Ebook): Print
AREA RESTRICTIONS OF PRIZE: None

 

Many of you already know the game. For those who don’t, here’s what you have to do to win:

1. COMMENT. Choose one or more quotes above and write the next line. It doesn’t have to be brilliant–although we know there are quite a few talented writers among our readers!–just have a go and you’re in the draw to win. Please do NOT use the next line in the  author’s actual book. You must make it up.

2. You must say WHERE we will be mailing the prize if you win (e.g. U.S. or Australia and so on). Some prizes have area restrictions on them so if you don’t specify, you will only be eligible for the international prizes.

One prize per reader. Unless otherwise specified, the author is offering one copy of the title. Winners will be announced here on the blog. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page so you can be alerted as soon as the winners go up.

Let the games begin!

Comments

125 Comments

  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me

    Have fun
    Helen

  • It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.

    And not a whip or a chair in sight.

    Is the Chook coming home to roost?

  • Helen says:

    Christine

    Change happens but I know we will still be in contact 🙂 🙂 you have made me smile so much with your wonderful posts and your fantastic stories looking forward to catching up in a few weeks
    now I have to get my thinking cap on

    I’ll be back

    Have fun
    Helen

  • Helen says:

    OK here is my attempt

    I have Melanie and Anna’s

    There is no telling what you could do with it

    I am here to help

    No one could be !

    I have Joan’s Donna’s and Nancy’s

    You do tempt me

    And I have yours Christine but I am looking forward to the new one 🙂

    I live in Australia

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Cathy P says:

    The charming rogue chuckled. “How can I resist such a dare?

    Then he grabbed her around the waist, lifted her up, and gave her a smoldering kiss. After that, she slapped him and ran away as he laughed.

    US

  • ki pha says:

    Awww 🙁 I’ll miss you here with your fun posts but I’ll see you around as your alternate self.

    And yay! My favorite game! For this round I’ll choose Alexandra Hawkins’s passage and adding on….

    “Dare? It is no dare you Rogue! It’s a command!”

    Teehee~ I do love adorable but seductive banters among the characters. 🙂

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo, Christina!! Going to miss you here, but glad to be connected elsewhere!

    As for my quote… hmm…

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly. “The proper weapon of choice here would definitely be a frying pan–heft this one for size.”

    OR…

    “Shit! Give me that!” He jerked the phone from her hand. “I don’t have roaming here, and checking FB isn’t a priority right now!”

    OR…

    Alcoholic fumes and the painful memories they evoked nearly unnerved Claire Starke as she entered the masculine domain of the Bull and Beast. She put some starch in her spine and forced herself to face each patron’s curious gaze head on as she looked among them for the scoundrel who’d stolen her prize heifer. And fathered her child.

    And U.S…. Thanks for such a fun visit!

  • Amy Conley says:

    The Whiskey Laird’s Bed. USA

    Instead they gave her the strength to walk tall and straight toward the man she had been looking for for all this time.

    • Amy Conley says:

      Christina you and your blogs will be sorely missed. Your new book sounds amazing. Good luck to you and all you do.

      Donna, I apologize for the crappy line. My mind is in a totally different place right now, and I just couldn’t get the line to come out the way I wanted.

    • Amy I think your line is great! Thanks for joining in the fun.

      And thank you, too, for your kind words. I hope to see you around the traps in the future!

  • Mary Preston says:

    Bon Voyage!!

    The Patrician’s Fortune – Joan Kayse

    “I never imagined that my first duty as a spouse would be to pry another man’s hands off my wife.”

    Mine: Most definitely one for the scribes.

    AUSTRALIA

  • Minna says:

    It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.
    Now who had been foolish enough to let him out of his cage?

    FINLAND
    (I already have Sentinel by Nancy Northcott).

  • Cassie P says:

    Good luck with your new venture Christine.

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly. “Blood is so very difficult to get out of of a Persian rug.”

  • Maureen says:

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

    Dinner will not be served for some time yet.”

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Oooh Christine – your next book sounds wonderful! Right up my street! Can’t wait – am available for beta reads (hint, hint!)

    What great lines! I love Maggie’s.

    And thanks to everyone for joining in the fun.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    “Shit! Give me that!” He jerked the phone from her hand.
    What stumbled back out of his reach but lifted her chin in triumph. “Too late. I’ve already called 911 once. You’d better leave. The police will be here any minute.”
    His grin was wicked. “Ah, Angel, you think you’ve won this round but you should know better than to play games with the devil!”

    Irresistible Force by D. D. Ayres.

  • sandyg265 says:

    Especially since she’s a werewolf and could smell the killer.

    I’m in the US

  • For Christine because I’ll miss you so….

    Liz followed him upstairs. “Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.” At best, she’d expected Mr. Darcy or that bloke in the Wedgwood ads, not the nearly naked man before her that could have stepped out of a Calvin Klein underwear ad.

    • OMG i LOVE that!! It’s so much better than my real next line. Donna, has anyone ever told you, you’d make a fantastic romance writer?

      I’ll miss you, too! But we will still see lots of each other, I’m sure.

  • Susan Sey says:

    Ah, Christine. Parting is such sweet sorrow I might say goodbye until it be morrow. Or something like that. I always mangle it when I quote Shakespeare. 🙂

    I’ll do like Donna did, & choose your quote because I, too, will miss you so:

    Liz followed him upstairs. “Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.” At best, she’d expected Mr. Darcy or that bloke in the Wedgwood ads. At worst, she’d feared a trust-fund brat in designer rags. This man before her was neither but managed to split the difference beautifully. The profile was clean & classic, the hair deliciously tumbled , and that shirt, was clearly a mortgage payment or two. Or would’ve been if he hadn’t slept in it.

  • Ooooh, I am NOT fond of change, but I AM excited about Christine’s new book! I’m wringing my hankie at the changes in the lair. Still, life would be pretty boring without changes, so I can’t complain. Best of luck on your new writing venture, and bon voyage!

    It’s dangerous to stop by here – there are always books I want to buy.

    Now, for the contest – I’ll keep it short:

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly. “And mind you don’t spill your tea.”

  • Oops, forgot – I’m in the U.S. And I love reading everybody’s entries! 🙂

  • jcp says:

    You are all so creative. here’s my next line for Melanie’s book.
    “And he always loved the circus.
    Print please if I win. (US) And I think I’m the only person in the world not on Twitter or Facebook:)

  • Colleen C. says:

    Oh boy… I have never done this before… do we just pick one to enter the prizes? Or do we have to do all of them?

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

    I am just a harmless woman.

    US – no Facebook or Twitter for me either.

  • Wow, what a fabulous celebration, Christina. Thank you to all the authors who came together to donate books today. The Bandita Buddies are really going to have a wonderful time with all those great reads.

    Christina, it’s been a pleasure and a privilege working with you as a fellow Romance Bandit over the last eight years. Haven’t we had some fun? And if I remember, you’re the one who kidnapped…uh, EMPLOYED Sven! Our aching writing muscles have benefited from that ever since. I wish you all the best with Seagrove. It sounds absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to read it!

  • Kelly says:

    It’s the end of an era!

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

    “I am not a roast to be carved up for Sunday supper.”

  • Kim says:

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

    We tend to settle our disagreements with words, not eating utensils. Now, pass the roast if you please.

    U.S.

  • catslady says:

    Doing Melanie’s:
    It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter. But, of course, I’m going to have that tiger purring like a pussy cat 🙂

  • Christina, I didn’t realize we were getting back-to-back farewells, Anna C.’s yesterday and yours today. I’m so going to miss your regular posts!

    Your new project sounds wonderful, though, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.

    What a fun way to say goodbye!

    • Nancy, thank you very much for coming to say farewell — today I feel like I’m going to miss blogging almost as much as I’ll miss the BBs.

      I’ve loved working with you so much over the years and I’m leaving, confident that once a Bandita, always a Bandita!

  • Christina,

    It has been fun getting to know you and have you tell me how odd some of my American slang sounds on Aussie ears! Always wishing you great success with the newest book. 🙂

    • Suz, it’s been a pleasure to know you too, and i’m sure our Aussie slang sounds just as strange to you. Thank you for all the hard work and enthusiasm. I’m terrifically pleased for you that you’ve had such marvellous success with your books and I know you will keep going from strength to strength!

  • Jennifer Tanner says:

    Sorry to see you go but I’ll continue to stalk you on FB. Can’t wait to read Seagrove!

    • Jen, one of the benefits of this blog has been getting to know people all over the world whom I would never have met otherwise. I value our friendship and I’m so glad you’re going to keep ‘stalking’ me. LOL It will be a mutual stalking :)) I look forward to seeing your success in the future. Not to mention how the chair refurb goes!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Gah! Again with the Happy Last Blog Post Day! 🙁

    It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.
    Which was slightly better than having a killer whale in the back of the helicopter…but not by much.

    “I never imagined that my first duty as a spouse would be to pry another man’s hands off my wife.”
    “Well now you know and knowing is half the battle. G.I. JO(AN)!!”

  • gamistress66 says:

    “Our first fight?” he teased. “And here I have yet to have a taste of you.”

    “A taste?” she said blankly, before the healthy pink in her cheeks deepened into a scarlet hue. “I forbid you to kiss me!”

    The charming rogue chuckled. “How can I resist such a dare?”

    “I was more worried about my resistance while hoping you wouldn’t,” she mumbled.

    us 🙂

  • Juanita Decuir says:

    TITLE: A Duke But No Gentleman (Masters of Seduction series)

    “Our first fight?” he teased. “And here I have yet to have a taste of you.”

    “A taste?” she said blankly, before the healthy pink in her cheeks deepened into a scarlet hue. “I forbid you to kiss me!”

    The charming rogue chuckled. “How can I resist such a dare?”

    “If you don’t we will be having our second fight every soon!”

  • Shannon says:

    I will miss you and will miss the blog. But everything moves, even an island in a stream. Thanks for your books. Best wishes on your next steps.

    Our first fight?” he teased. “And here I have yet to have a taste of you.”

    “A taste?” she said blankly, before the healthy pink in her cheeks deepened into a scarlet hue. “I forbid you to kiss me!”

    The charming rogue chuckled. “How can I resist such a dare?

    She put her hand on his chest, pushing at him. But she felt resistance. “It was not a dare,” she said, attempting again to shove him away.

    He closed the distance between them, crushing her hand between their bodies. “This looks like a tasty spot,” he said. His lips drifted below her ear and fluttered across her neck to the swell of her bosom.

    “Put the knife down, your grace,” Mrs. Georgina Mowbray said firmly.

    The Duke of Devon, known as Devil, twisted the blade around, thrusting it closer to Mrs. Mowbray’s face. “This dangerous blade,” he drawled, stretching out the syllables one by one. “But if you insist, I shall. But are you sure you don’t want a slice of ham?” He gestured to the round butt on the table, and then waved at a round of cheese and a loaf of bread. “I do like to eat before any inquisition.” He proceeded to make himself a sandwich, and then slowly, deliberately laid the knife on the table, its handle inches from her hand.

  • Kaelee says:

    Christina ~ Hope all goes well for you in the future. I will miss your posts on the blog.

    I’m not good at this type of thing but I’ll give it a small shot.

    Liz followed him upstairs. “Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.” At best, she’d expected Mr. Darcy or that bloke in the Wedgwood ads.

    “Well my outfit is courtesy of a farmer down the road and I’ve come to find out if I am a lord.”

    • Kaelee says:

      Please pass on my good wishes to Anna Campbell as well. I will miss her also. The lair is truly changing.

    • Ooh, Kaelee, I’m so intrigued to read the rest of your story now! Thank you, what a great job you’ve done there.

      And thank you so much for saying you’ll miss my posts. You’ll always be able to find me on the net. I’ll have my christine-wells.com website back up and running soon (I hope!) and I’m on Facebook. I will most certainly pass on your regards to Anna. Thank you for being a part of our community.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    I’m very late to the party and also very sleepy so I’m not even going to try adding on to the lines. 😉 I just want to say how much I’m going to miss your regular posts here in the lair. Don’t think you’re going to escape though. I know where to stalk…er…follow you at Facebook.

    I’m very excited about your new project. As with your historicals, if you’re writing it, I’m buying it. 🙂

    Hope to see you soon at a national conference. We’re way overdue for breakfast/lunch!

    • Oh, PJ, thank you for stopping in–and way past bedtime, too. I’ve been so lucky to meet you and so many other wonderful bloggers, readers and writers through Bandits.

      And yes, we will do mutual stalking on Facebook! LOL

  • Anita H. says:

    Hi Christina! So sad to see your last posting/game here at the lair but I’m sure we will continue to hear great things about your fabulous books!

    I love Alexandra’s books so I’m going with her excerpt:

    The charming rogue chuckled. “How can I resist such a dare?”

    “A d-d-dare?” she sputtered as she backed away. “I would not allow you to kiss me even if you were the only man left in London!”

    Thanks for all the fun! Sending hugs and well wishes from Canada!

  • Mary Kemper says:

    Okay I am not too good at this but here goes!

    Donna MacMeans
    The Whisky Laird’s Bed

    “Alcoholic fumes and the painful memories they evoked nearly unnerved Claire Starke as she entered the masculine domain of the Bull and Beast.”

    Taking her courage in hand, she walked over to table and came to a stop next to him. Reaching for the bottle of whiskey, she poured a bit into a glass. Turning to stare into his eyes, she drank the whiskey in one shot.

    Good luck everyone! From Florida, US

  • anne says:

    Best wishes and much success.
    How can I resist such a dare? Who is afraid the the big bad wolf? So there.